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Prefrosh Arrive For Preview Weekend

By Jenny Zhang

Campus Preview Weekend for the Class of 2010 kicked off yesterday, with campus tours, parent and student welcomes, and, of course, class lectures for high school students who were probably missing class to be here. Ben Jones, communications manager for the office of admissions, said 875 of the 1,474 students admitted, or 59 percent, registered for CPW, comparable to last year’s percentage. 740 parents registered, up from 689 accompanying 864 students last year.

At the CPW Festival held in Johnson Athletics Center, prospective freshmen were encouraged to make their own t-shirts, watch a live martial arts demonstration, play putt-putt golf, knock each other off pedestals using padded poles, and join in on Dance-Dance-Revolution.

Brian Parott is visiting with his father, John. The prospective freshman said he attended a 9.00 (Introduction to Psychology) lecture, which he said was “really cool.” He has not decided whether he will attend MIT, and said CPW is “part of my decision process.” The high schooler from Washington State, who had not visited MIT before, said he expected it to be more nerdy. He said he liked the crazy research and fame of MIT. John Parott said the parent’s meeting was well-done.

Maria Prus, Lisa Schlecht, and Diana Audde, who met each other at CPW, were checking out the CPW festival together. Audde, who is from Brazil, said simply of MIT: “it’s great.” Diana called MIT “cool, nerdy, and full of wonderful people.” Schlecht, from Lexington, MA marveled at the diversity. All three said they were enjoying CPW so far and are very likely to attend.

Ben Jones, who manned the registration desk for eleven hours continuously, said “I loved every minute of that” and this is the “best weekend of the year for admissions,” since it is a celebration. He said he was able to meet so many people he had previously only got to know through paper applications. The prospective freshmen he met hailed all the way from Alaska, Egypt, and Zurich, Switzerland. Prospective freshmen must decide whether or not to attend MIT by May 1, he said. Commenting on the nerdiness if the Class of 2010, Jones said, “it’s how you define nerd,” and “everyone here is some type of nerd.”

At the student welcome yesterday evening, Dean for Admissions Marilee Jones said she emphasized that students should want to “do something for the good of civilization.” Attending MIT is not necessarily for everyone, and all “about the match,” she said. Jones signed off on every single application and even overturned some that might have been accepted, and can defend every single admission, she said.